Fire in the Sky

The Story of the Atomic Bomb

by Jeffrey K. Smith



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 05/03/2010

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 136
ISBN : 9781449092665
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 136
ISBN : 9781449092658

About the Book

     In the summer of 1945, the world was introduced to the horrific consequences of nuclear warfare.  On the sixth day of August, an American B-29 bomber dropped a revolutionary new weapon, the atomic bomb, over the Japanese city of Hiroshima.  The catastrophic detonation instantly killed over 100,000 residents of the city, with thousands more dying from explosion-related injuries in the months and years to follow.  Three days later, a second nuclear weapon was released over the skies of Nagasaki, killing over 40,000 Japanese citizens, most of whom were civilians.

     Six days after the second nuclear attack, the Empire of Japan surrendered, and World War II was ended.  Jubilation among the Allied countries was tempered by a profound sense of relief; nearly four years of bloody war had finally come to an end.  Some 406,000 Americans died during World War II, while another 671,000 were wounded.  By the end of the war, an astonishing one out of every one hundred thirty six Americans had been killed or wounded in the fighting.  American military personnel, along with their spouses, children, parents, and friends, were eager to see the bloody conflict come to and end, by any means possible.  Consequently, President Harry Truman's decision to utilize the atomic bomb to bring Japan to its knees was wildly popular in the weeks and months that followed the Japanese surrender.

     In the six plus decades since Hiroshima and Nagasaki, however, many have questioned both the necessity and morality of America's deployment of the bomb.  Significantly influenced by revisionist history, passionate debate has focused on the justification for nuclear warfare to subdue an enemy already nearing defeat.  Like so many other momentous events, the reader must balance the reality of the world in 1945 against the seemingly clearer prism of revisionist history.

     Fire in the Sky:  The Story of the Atomic Bomb chronicles the development and use of the first atomic bombs.  This is a remarkable story about the lives and times of the brilliant scientists, seasoned military officers, and determined government leaders, who reshaped history, and irrevocably changed the dynamics of warfare.

About the Author

     Jeffrey K. Smith is a physician and writer.  A native of Enterprise, Alabama, he earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Alabama.  After completing a residency at the William S. Hall Psychiatric Institute, Doctor Smith entered private practice in Greenville, South Carolina.

     Smith is the author of three murder-mystery novels and three works of non-fiction.  He resides in Greer, South Carolina, along with his wife Anne, and their two sons, Andy and Ben.